Tag Archives: Spring

Lost in the woods

(Apr 21 2:53 p.m.)

Saturday marked the first day of spring where zero snow could be found on the property of our house.  Little bits lingered in the driveway for a while… and then— poof— it was gone.

That isn’t to say none remains in other places around these parts.

(Apr 21 3:10 p.m.)

So I ventured down the nearby trail to survey the current conditions of the season.  (And to get better photos than last time’s journey down the trail.)  The animals are out, and nothing made that more clear than a massive ruffling of leaves ahead to my right at one point… or more unclear as I couldn’t find any cause of the disturbance.

Down the southward path of the intersection, I presume (the longer, denser end), I saw a chipmunk to my left and a squirrel to my right… both of them scared of my presence, of course.
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Warming up

(Apr 4 2:21 p.m.)

The spring season is visibly underway… save today’s snow.  The greens are rising, and the flies are out. …And so are the ants.  It’s ant season.  I’ll spare you photos of those little bastards.

(Apr 4 2:22 p.m.)

Not only are we seeing sprouts but plants in early stages.

(Mar 29 11:28 a.m.)

And new grass.

(Mar 29 11:24 a.m.)

The tulips just outside the USM Portland library entrance are coming along nicely.  The cigarette butts littered around the bench are the opposite of nice.  (Read: No Smoking!)

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Spring ahead

(Mar 20 4:00 p.m.)

So the country has switched over to Daylight Saving Time (save Arizona), and spring season is here… in name, anyway; it’s Maine.  The clouds parted on Saturday, and it’s been blue ever since, until this afternoon.  The geese have appeared here or there; but they may have figured it’s still too cold to migrate back yet.

Not a great subject for hard focus. (Mar 16 1:44 p.m.)

There have been some fierce, pushing-your-car-door-closed winds, and branches have fallen.  But the sunlight has been noticeably strong.

(Mar 20 3:18 p.m.)

The living room plant sure sees spring. Continue reading Spring ahead

A Year In Photos: 2017 (Part IV)

(Apr 13 2:32 p.m.)

Okay, so spring wasn’t all messy and bleak as previously stated.  There were good parts and bad parts like any season.  I can’t speak much for the progress of others… they have their privacy and/or blogs.

Rope table.  (And lingering snow outside, soon to vanish for good.) (Apr 6 2:57 p.m.)

As for me, 2017 was the year I got an official ASD diagnosis.  It remains to be seen as to whether state services will help my employment prospects.

(Apr 6 6:08 p.m.)

Continue reading A Year In Photos: 2017 (Part IV)

Restlessness… and flowers

Rain on the first Monday of June. (Jun 5 3:03 p.m.)

Summer solstice is less than a week away, and my Friday was filled with rain.  And I don’t mean crying when I say rain, even though I have plenty to cry about.  I upgraded my mobile plan (more for less), and got back into programming, rewriting expansion sound in the console emulator… and my sleeping habits have turned to crap again.  I didn’t quite feel like living yesterday morning.  But enough about that.

(Jun 5 3:04 p.m.)

Thanks to the magic of photography, you can virtually go back in time to when there were blue skies.

(Jun 7 4:12 p.m.)
(Jun 14 5:46 p.m.)

Nothing says summer like your front yard looking like a jungle.  Every year looks like this now. Continue reading Restlessness… and flowers

Green light

By the street. (May 28 2:55 p.m.)

It’s a gray Memorial Day, so I’ll let yesterday and sunny days previous speak for the season.  Summer is closing in now.  The green leaves have filled the view of the windows.

(May 19 11:24 a.m.)

And the front yard is filling up. …Over brown leaves that have yet to dissolve.

(May 17 2:13 p.m.)

And to think, this is what these leaves looked like only two weeks ago. Continue reading Green light

Another day at the beach (Part II)

Just a taste of the mile-long arc of the beach, bordering on the Atlantic Ocean. (May 13 1:04 p.m.)

Last Saturday, for sake of mental health, I left the house.  It didn’t matter much where I went.  I landed in Crescent Beach that day, and twice returned.  Each time presented the opportunity to think about where things stand in life… and take newer, better photos.  Long story short, I still have some sand in my shoes.

(May 13 1:37 p.m.)

The conditions of the sky turned the color of the visible sun a little bluish.  It wasn’t cold, but an expression, “cold sun” came to mind. Continue reading Another day at the beach (Part II)

Another day at the beach (Part I)

Anjon’s fountain is up and running (some hours). (May 13 12:31 p.m.)

I needed to get away from the house.  Being housebound does not a healthy mind make.  The destination, I guess, didn’t matter considering I geared for the library but wound up at the beach, and didn’t mind.  Twice in three days… I did mind that.  It was a day of playing random music with the iPhone… and again wondering why the heck Bob Dylan made “Ring Them Bells”.

(May 13 12:15 p.m.)

I noticed the purple flowers are (or were) in style— as seen outside some businesses and neighborhoods, on the way to the beach, and even in our own town.  The above appear to be garden phlox… but I’m not sure.

Taraxacum officinale. (May 13 12:57 p.m.)

Dandelions were everywhere near the parking lot.

(May 13 1:02 p.m.)

Continue reading Another day at the beach (Part I)

Immature, but slowly pushing forward

Early rain. (May 12 7:55 a.m.)

Summer solstice is now only forty days away.  But spring here still has a ways to go.  The birds may be singing, and the seasonal clothes may be lighter, but the leaves and buds are still in their early stages.

A fibrous early start. (May 11 3:40 p.m.)

Soft greens, and even reds, immature plant blooms come in a variety of shapes and colors.  This time the iPhone camera is being used to capture the early state of the budding, particularly the “front porch plant” buds.  (Click a photo to enlarge.) Continue reading Immature, but slowly pushing forward

In full bloom

(May 4 12:41 p.m.)

The greens have sprouted.

(May 6 12:10 p.m.)

And yeah, you know it’s a cooler climate when it takes until May for them to show.  But they’re here now.  And, as you can see, with the wet leaves, it’s been raining lately.

(May 3 3:32 p.m.)

One day— probably the 4th— it was partly cloudy, such there was drizzle at the same time you could see blue in the skies.

(May 6 12:09 p.m.)

Buds are appearing on the plant that grew through a railing of the front porch. Continue reading In full bloom